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Buyer Beware: Long-Term Care Costs Surging

Long-term care costs can impose a crushing financial burden on individuals or families in part because private health insurance and Medicare offer only limited help.

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How Equifax Just Changed The Rest of Your Life

Adding freezes to your credit reports is an appropriate response to the massive Equifax database breach that exposed the private information of 143 million Americans.

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Bill Harris visits his wife, Nora, at the Fern Gardens memory care center in Medford, Ore. Nora Harris was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2009. Now 64, she can no longer communicate or recognize family and friends. She signed an advance directive stipulating no care to prolong her life, but her husband says state law is forcing her to be spoon-fed against her stated wishes. (Jim Craven for KHN)

Despite Advance Directive, Dementia Patient Denied Last Wish, Says Spouse

Bill Harris is blunt: For more than a year, he has been trying to help his wife die.

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Signs Aging Parents Need Help Managing Finances

It’s inevitable. As we age, our bodies and our brains change, and not always like fine wine.

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Retirement: Do it Right by Planning to Do it Twice

There’s the retirement that looks like the commercials: biking, travel, enjoying the family. And then there’s the one where you can’t get up the stairs anymore.

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 5: A small group of activists rally against the GOP health care plan outside of the Metropolitan Republican Club, July 5, 2017 in New York City. Republicans in the Senate will resume work on the bill next week when Congress returns to Washington after a holiday recess. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

5 Outside-The-Box Ideas to Fix The Individual Insurance Market

With Republican efforts to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act stalled, tentative bipartisan initiatives are in the works to shore up the fragile individual insurance market that serves roughly 17 million Americans.

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